As he neared graduation, an Arab boy went to his father.
“Baba, I’ve decided what I want to study,” the boy said.
“What’s that, my son?” the father questioned.
“I want to be an actor!” the boy exclaimed.
The father answered with a laugh: “Oh, my boy, your pronouncing it wrong. It’s DOC-tor!”
My father used to tell me that there’s a lot of truth in a joke and I suppose that the above joke has a lot of truth in it. Parents are always reminding us what’s best for us. They tell us to do our homework, brush our teeth, and generally just try to look out for us the best that they can. This is true not only when we’re young, but I’m a grown man who has been living on my own for over 30 years and my mom still tells me what to do.
And when we’re young, we think to ourselves, “Gosh, I’m never going to nag to my kids like that!”; however, when we do finally grow up, get married, and have kids of our own, we have to laugh at ourselves because we find ourselves saying the exact same things to our kids. This is true around the world whether you grew up in Delaware or one of the Arabic speaking countries.
If you are a child growing up in the Arab culture or both or either of your parents is Arabic, trying to remember and learn basic Arabic words and phrases such as these will serve you well; after all, you’ll probably be using them yourself one day.
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